Articles by Frank Lessiter

Tackling Hoof Cracks

A half-dozen American Farriers Journal Editorial Advisory Board members share their many years of experience in dealing with hoof cracks
Hoof cracks can occur anywhere on the hoof wall and are caused by improper mechanics, environmental extremes or pathology concerns that lead to hoof deformities that result in failure. Named for where they appear on the hoof wall, they include quarter cracks, heel cracks, bar cracks and toe cracks.
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End Of An Era At Calgary

Here’s a look back at the world’s top farrier competition that just wound up a 35-year run
It was a shock when the Calgary Stampede announced in mid-January that this year’s World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition would be the last such event.
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From The Desk Of AFJ

Forget About Hoof Color!

After California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, members of the general media jumped on the idea that the horse's white hooves might be a detriment to his racing career. For many decades, some folks in the equine industry have maintained unpigmented hooves are more prone to cracking, tender footedness and weakness.

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From The Desk Of AFJ

Top Farriers Share Their Very Best Ideas

The AFJ editors asked 19 Hall Of Famers to reveal one piece of advice that they would want to share with other farriers. Calling on their many years of experience as hoof-care professionals, this was no easy task as each of these farriers could share valuable ideas that could fill hundreds of pages in a book.

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Know The Rules Before The Internal Revenue Service Knocks On Your Door

If you rent a shoeing rig to other farriers, are they employees, subcontractors or independent contractors?
The following is a scenario being used by a full-time farrier. His name, town and state are not being provided in order to keep an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent from knocking on his door in regard to this unusual hoof-care business arrangement.
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New Concerns Occur With Pasture-Induced Laminitis

As the grass starts to grow and turn green this spring, many of your footcare clients will be concerned about potential laminitis problems. While it's a legitimate concern, some data I've come across recently from Rutgers University researchers indicates there may be other laminitis issues than just lush grass.
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